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Hello, my name is Judas Gutenberg and this is my blaag (pronounced as you would the vomit noise "hyroop-bleuach").


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Irving housing

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   entering the DDR4 era
Thursday, July 15 2021
Today I took delivery of an AMD Ryzen 3600 processor, which I intended to use to build my first genuinely current-tech desktop (or, really any) computer since 2014. I'd been unable to get good Node.js compile times with the third-generation Intel Core i5/i7 tech I'd been using (or, for that matter, the relatively-modern Ryzen Mobile 2500U in my work-issued laptop) so I thought it was time for a newish computer. I'd already gotten a compatible motherboard and what I thought was 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and I have plenty of PCIExpress video cards (since AMD processors usually lack on-board video). I put it all together crudely on the steps to the laboratory deck and used a dental pick to bridge the pins that would normally go to a power switch. At that point LEDs illuminated and the CPU fan began to spin, but no video every appeared on a connected monitor. I did some research and it suggested that perhaps my DRAM wasn't quite compatible with either the motherboard or the CPU. In the old days, DRAM of a certain generation (such as DDR2 or DDR3) worked with all processors claiming to use that sort of memory, but these days it seems AMD memory is sometimes different from Intel memory. Or is it? Maybe not. In the past, I've been able to test all the components (such as motherboard, CPU, and memory) by swapping components in and out. But the only tech I have multiples of these days dates to the DDR3 era and before. Not knowing what else to do, I ordered 16 GB of another brand of DDR4 RAM. If that doesn't work, I guess I'll have to try a different motherboard.

This evening after work, I mowed the lawn for the first time in weeks. Meanwhile Gretchen made an unnecessarily-healthy meal based on farro, tofu, and a mustard sauce. I cooked up my chanterelles from yesterday and added them to farro bowl, and the combination was pretty good.

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